What Is A Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which can greatly diminish one’s vision. Cataracts can be the result of genetics, aging, or even some previous eye injury. The cloudiness of the lens blocks or alters the passage of light entering the eye, resulting in distorted vision.

Symptoms Of Cataracts

Cataracts typically grow slowly, but the most common symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Increased glare from lights
  • Difficulty reading, trouble driving at night, and difficulty discriminating colors
  • Double vision in one eye

Treatment For Cataracts

The current main treatment for cataracts involves the removal of the cataract and replacement of the natural lens with a new intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL used depends on the patient’s individual needs and can correct presbyopia, astigmatism, and myopia, as well as provide overall improved vision.

Questions To Ask Your Eye Care Professional

When considering treatment for cataracts or other vision problems, it is important to ask questions and make an informed decision. Consider the following questions to ask your eye care professional:

  • How advanced is my cataract?
  • What type of surgery would you recommend?
  • What risks are associated with cataract surgery?
  • What type of IOL is right for me?
  • What kind of follow-up care will I need after the surgery?